The NYT is too cheap to pay $8/month. As with other blue checks, they believe that they are entitle to a free platform to promote themselves. They’re special.
The New York Times was stripped of its check mark on Twitter after CEO Elon Musk called the newspaper “propaganda” on Saturday. Twitter recently announced that any account that didn’t subscribe to Twitter Blue for $8 per month would lose its check mark in April, but most non-paying users still have their check marks.
“The real tragedy of @NYTimes is that their propaganda isn’t even interesting,” Musk tweeted on Saturday.
“Also, their feed is the Twitter equivalent of diarrhea. It’s unreadable. They would have far more real followers if they only posted their top articles. Same applies to all publications,” Musk continued.
The New York Times told me on Thursday that it wouldn’t pay for any check marks on any of its accounts and wouldn’t reimburse individual reporters, “except in rare instances where this status would be essential for reporting purposes.”